Ms GARRETT (Minister for Emergency Services) — On 17 May I had the pleasure of joining musicians, songwriters and the live music community in the relaunch of Wick Studios in Brunswick. With Brunswick recently taking the mantle as home to the most songwriters in Australia, it is certainly apt that we have had the reopening of this state-of-the-art music space. We love our live music in Brunswick; we love the creativity, we love the diversity, we love the entertainment and we love being home to such an artistic community.
Wick Studios really is outstanding. It has 15 rooms, with two recording studios across three buildings. It has undergone a $2.5 million refurbishment after being damaged by flood and will provide artists with the skills and networking opportunities necessary for them to take their music to the world and to be able to rent recording spaces and rehearsal spaces at record low cost. My congratulations in the warmest possible way go to Glenn Scott, Dan Corless and the team at Wick Studios on their significant commitment to the Brunswick music scene, and indeed to Melbourne’s live music scene, as we know that Melbourne is the capital of live music in Australia.